As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of you, doing something to make you laugh, cry, shout, or giggle uncontrollably. At the age of 4, he grandstanded throughout his baby sister’s christening, standing on a chair in front of the whole congregation, pulling faces and cracking everyone up. Despite himself, the vicar was impressed. And from then on he couldn’t get enough of the spotlight, even when it always seemed to avoid him. Throughout his teens, he and his Dad trudged up and down towards London, getting closer and closer to landing a gig, only to be told ‘No’ at the last stage. But he never gave up and soon found his whole life turned upside down and inside out by his experience as one Alan Bennett’s History Boys. From that moment forth, he’s never looked back.
May I Have Your Attention Please? is the warm, cheeky, surprisingly honest and hilarious story of one of our most popular comedy talents. From his antics as one of the founding players of his high-school’s first ever rugby team to gaining recognition in the West End, to nationwide fame as the loveably loud Smithy in the award-winning Gavin and Stacey, this is a tenderly told story of what it’s like to try, try and try again and - happily - get there in the end.
©2011 James Corden (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
Loves stories that keep him entertained in gridlock
Sure, it's a sweet and involving story of a young man making his dreams come true...
He's just very nice and funny...
Yes I laughed out loud frequently...
A tad on the light side that's all.
A very funny read James Corden tells his story so far in his own humorous way but I found the book a bit of a struggle towards the end and a bit boring
"Absolutely EXCELLENT ***"
James does not disappoint in this WONDERFUL piece of work. He writes from his heart narrating his story with real warmth and whilst listening I felt he was reading just to me. I listened avidly to his exploits at school, his early adventures securing parts in the plays or films. It was hysterically funny in places and brought tears to my eyes in others. James takes time to describe the characters he has encountered throughout the book he acknowledges all those who have made an impression upon him. I learned a lot about the ways of a thespian and I discovered a side to his personality I had not previously seen. He is not just a very clever very funny man able to hold an audience in the palm of his hand, he is humble , a serious family man warm and loveable. He is keen to please, rather like a labrador puppy who keeps coming back for more opportunities to play. Well done Mr Corden , you certainly had my attention for the whole book. This is an excellent book, buy the download you will not be disapointed.
"Honest and open."
I enjoyed this audiobook.
The narration style was relaxing to listen to.
I found this autobiography an interesting mix of James Corden's highs and lows, through his early life. It was interesting to hear of the difficulties he experienced at school, and the emotional difficulties he had in becoming more famous.
I enjoyed the book, at times his stories were very funny, definitely recommend this to James Corden fans.
"Loved it !!!"
James reading it !!!
All of it !
The real ' Smithy ' !
Highly Reccommended !
"Very funny and insightful"
Yes... Had my attention from the fist min......
For comedy value and background I would say Lee Evans
You must read download this book, it's fun and I never wanted it to end..... 5 *
I love James Corden from his many shows especially Fat Friends. This is a frank and open autobiography of his early life looking for purpose until his eventual acceptance into the world of theatre and films. An slightly enjoyable listen until around half way. Gradually but perceptibly the tone of narration becomes rhythmic to the point of annoyance until around the second half it becomes almost unbearable. I've never heard an author do this before, and I've listened to many on Audible. Every sentence from thereafter starts in monotone and ends in a slight increase in pitch followed by an almost sigh at the end. Forgivable for one or two odd sentences but almost the entire second half of the reading is like this. It ends up really grating. Coupled with the less frequent funny stories (and there aren't many funny stories in this book, even Corden himself freely admits he is no comedian) makes this a rather depressing and excruciating listen towards the end. If Corden had a more interesting life to fill with interesting stories ( eating coco pops in his pants lets face it isn't that interesting or funny ) and a better narration style then I would be more enthusiastic about this book. I would recommend instead many more laugh out loud books -Jason Manford, Jack Dee, and Michael McIntyre. Im sure James in his own painfully and embarrassing self loathing way would agree.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. James takes you from his very normal childhood,through to his metoric rise to fame, warts and all. For somebody that missarebly failed at school I would give the book an A Star, well done Mr. Lavine.
"Funny and interesting"
A really Honest story and review of Corden's life. Full of funny stories (although at times I did feel he would irritate me if I had known him in his younger days!) I did watch the G&S drama which probably adds to the interest level but this is a naturally interesting life story.
"Certainly got my attention"
May I have your attention please, written and read by James Corden, was an excellent book. It gave a lot of pleasure on a drive through France. He is a young mjan who has worked hard for what he has got but has also weathered a lot of kinocks. A very candid view of the life of someone who i admire as an actor. Well done James!
"I'm not a big James Corden fan, however.."
..this was a great listen. I listen mainly to biogs/autobiogs and as they go, this is one of the more captivating I've listened to.
I've never watched much of Gavin and Stacy and JC's performances elsewhere have largely passed me by. I picked this on the reviews and a bit of a whim - it certainly paid off.
Honest, self-deprecating (if a little too much at times), funny, captivating and just a good listen from start right through to finish.
Definitely recommended, whether you're a fan of James and his work or not.
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